Every election campaign perpetuates its own myths about the American electorate, and this year was no exception. Before such spin becomes treated as fact, we review some of the biggest misconceptions of the 2012 presidential election.
In an election as close as this year's presidential contest, any group can make a credible claim for having made the critical difference in the outcome. But there is certainly no denying the impact the Millennial Generation had on the outcome of the 2012 election.
Think of voting as learning how to drive. You wouldn't speed off in your first car without learning how to drive first (I would hope). Why are young voters expected to get in the driver's seat without an instruction manual on how to get started?
I am looking forward to engaging in this election season as a voter, not as a Republican or a Democrat, but as a young American who wants both parties to keep young people -- America's future -- a top priority.
I, like many Americans, will probably not be incredibly motivated or hopeful on November 7, the day after the election. But it's more important than ever that we all re-engage in the political process, as disgusted as we are with the current election.
I am a 24-year-old teacher -- smack in the middle of America's "young generation" of 18-30-year-olds -- and I am troubled that half of my cohort -- my peers, my co-workers, my friends -- choose not to exercise their right to vote.
These headlines fit well with the conventional storyline that young adults participated in large numbers in the "wave election" of 2008, but may not duplicate that effort in 2012. However, should we deduce from the Harvard poll that the youth vote will desert President Obama in 2012?